Do Comics Need Age Ratings?
I’ve already ranted and raved about the Kentucky library workers and their attempts at censorship. But the comments on this article at The Beat goes into an interesting debate over a universal age rating for comics. While it’s brought up that no one is calling for age ratings for prose books (which I wouldn’t mind as a parent), comics and manga are a visual medium like movies, TV and video games. Those all have rating systems, so why not comics? I certainly wouldn’t mind one. Even among manga, where there are age ratings, it’s far from universal, and could certainly do to be refined. And as a parent, it would help to at least have an idea what the suggested age for books should be. There have been times when I’ve looked at a title, and just couldn’t be sure if it was at appropriate for ages under 13 or not. It wouldn’t hurt publishers to help out parents, since it’s their kids that will be their future audience.